Number of partners: 12
Number of other fee-earners: 29
THE FIRM DPG probably has the largest and most experienced team of claimant-focused judicial review and human rights lawyers in the UK.
PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK
■ Judicial review claims for individuals and organisations challenging failures by public bodies.
■ Actions against the police including where there is a race, gender or disability element.
■ Providing representation in inquests.
■ Representation in damages claims against the Home Office and its contractors, in particular EU nationals, trafficking survivors and migrants denied healthcare.
■ Anti-cuts litigation challenging cuts to central and other local government services.
■ Damages claims for state interferences with fundamental rights including in relation to the actions of the military and intelligence services.
■ Data claims post GDPR, from simple data breaches to policing, surveillance and national security related cases, both public and private law based.
■ Discrimination claims against public bodies and providers of goods and services, with a focus on disability and race.
■ Damages claims due to failures to protect by state bodies in particular for children who have been neglected or abused, women subject to violence, and vulnerable adults.
■Housing law – focused on social housing legal issues including for tenants, occupiers and homeless people, as well as accommodation for migrants without leave to remain in the UK.
■ Public Inquiries – representing core participants at the Grenfell Inquiry, Inquiry into abuse at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre; and IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
■ Compensation Schemes - representing claimants under the Windrush Compensation Scheme including challenges of decisions to payments made under the Compensation Scheme; and eligibility for British Citizenship and confirmation of leave to remain under the wider Windrush Scheme.
CLIENTS The firm works with and for a wide range of individuals and organisations as well as NGOs such as AIRE Centre, Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International, Asylum Support Appeals Project, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Bristol University Human Rights Law Clinic, Centre for Women’s Justice, Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations Legal Network, Detention Action, Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group, Good Law Project, Gulf Center for Human Rights, Helen Bamber Foundation, Hope for Justice, Human Rights Watch, Inclusion London, INQUEST, Kalayaan, Liberty, Medical Justice, Open Rights Group, PEN, Praxis, Privacy International, Red Cross, Redress, Reprieve, Rights Watch UK, Roma Support Group, Statewatch, Unseen, Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) and Women’s Aid.
The firm has represented in landmark claims in the European Court on Human Rights on behalf of NGOs: Chowdhury & Others v Greece, Appl. No. 21884/15 and Statewatch in Sh.D. and others v. Greece, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia (application no. 14165/16).
It is expanding international human rights work, including corporate accountability, torture claims and civil claims particularly in the Gulf/Middle East; Colombia/Latin America; and in Africa in respect of land rights including those concerning indigenous-identifying communities in the East African sub-region using the East African Community mechanism; and more widely in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights; and in other emerging democracies, working with Amnesty and Human Rights Watch.